Fashion photography: Essential items for the studio


Items that every commercial studio should have ready before a fashion
shoot. Photo by Lars Brandt Stisen, MADDOCMAN Berlin
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1)  Garment steamer (and distilled water)
2)  Hair & Makeup station with a lighted mirror
3)  Clothing racks
4)  Wastebasket
5)  Lint rollers
6)  Gaffers tape
7)  Paper towels and wet wipes
8)  Bobby pins and hairbands
9)  Clothes pins, A-clamps and Bullnose clips
10)  Refreshments (liquids and snacks for everyone)
11)  Band-aids, Aspirin and stomach tablets
12)  Model release forms and fresh pens

"Some people use a lot of clay to fix products while others use a lot of clips to fix garments. I have listed the most common items every professional studio must keep prepared for a fashion shoot. These are all equally important and should not be overlooked."

This is an excerpt from the Q&A section of my STUDIO talk interview at:
http://www.maddocman.com/studiotalk-interview-photographer-lars-brandt-stisen-faq.htm

TIP: If you are looking for a professional garment steamer I can highly recommend the Jiffy J-2000M. Check out their European website at: http://www.jiffysteamer.de

Cheers
Lars
Photographer and creative director at MADDOCMAN Berlin


Commercial photography: IMPOSSIBLE apparel shoot in Berlin

A little BTS from shooting new apparel for The IMPOSSIBLE Project.
Photo by Mette Beate and Lars Brandt Stisen - Click to Zoom

Apparel shoot this week with our lovely client The IMPOSSIBLE Project here in Berlin. A gallery with a selection of my work for IMPOSSIBLE is underway, which will display a wide variety of photography assignments.

Models: Cheyenne and Danny
Styling: Debbie
Assistant: Mette

To view more of my work please visit my website at:

Candy break: Soft liquorice toffee with lemon and sea salt

Sweets for the crew - Click to Zoom

Soft liquorice toffee "Kick" bars with lemon and sea salt -A special delivery from our favorite Berlin candy store "Herr Nilsson GODIS".

If you live in Berlin and like liquorice, pay a visit to Herr Nilsson GODIS and support a sweet initiative:
http://www.herrnilsson.com/



Photo Story: FLUX -existence in a realm ruled by the concept of time

From the FLUX photo series. Photo: Lars Brandt Stisen
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Mette shaving off her hair in the FLUX photo series. Photo: Lars Brandt Stisen
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New project feat. Danish model Mette Beate who is shaving off all her hair during the shoot at our Berlin studio. FLUX is a tale expressed through fashion photography about existence in a realm ruled by the concept of time.

View the entire story on my website:
http://www.maddocman.com/flux.htm

Thank you for watching :)

Best regards
Lars
http://www.maddocman.com

Keywords: poetry, tale, story, fashion photography, hair, bald, model, mirrors

Commercial photography: Starting a business in Berlin

Check out my STUDIO talk interview about establishing a business as photographer in a new country plus insider tips to aspiring photographers.

STUDIO talk interview in Berlin with commercial
photographer Lars Brandt Stisen

Excerpt: "A talk with Danish photographer and creative director Lars Brandt Stisen at his studio in central Berlin Germany where he has been living since 2011. Lars left his former job as software engineer to launch the photographic studio MADDOCMAN together with his brother in 2009. Today his advertising work has adorned some of the biggest magazines around the world."

Berlin based photographer Lars Brandt Stisen.
Photo by STUDIO talk - Click to Zoom

Please follow this link to read the entire interview:
http://www.maddocman.com/studiotalk-interview-photographer-lars-brandt-stisen.htm

Best regards
Lars Brandt Stisen


Keywords: Berlin, Photography, Studio, Startup, Business, Magazine, Interview


Product photography: On the cover of Frankfurt Trade Fair Magazine top fair

The "Love Hoptimist" on the cover of top fair Ambiente
Photo: Lars Brandt Stisen - Click to Zoom 

My Hoptimist picture featured on the cover of TopFair Ambiente -the official Frankfurt Trade Fair magazine with a circulation of 60,000 pcs :) Frankfurt Trade Fair is one of the world's largest trade fair companies.

View more of my work on Behance:
http://behance.net/maddocman

View more about me on my website:
http://www.maddocman.com/lars-brandt-stisen.htm


Fashion Photography: PANOPTIKUM - A homage to imagination expressed through fashion photography, electronics and software


From the series "PANOPTIKUM" by Lars Brandt Stisen.
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From the series "PANOPTIKUM" by Lars Brandt Stisen.
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Wall projections from the series "PANOPTIKUM" using custom software.
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Pressing the button will generate a unique room description every time.


From behind the scenes / Photo: Lars Brandt Stisen - Click to Zoom


I wrote two editions of the software, one for download and one for use at
exhibitions together with the push-button interface and wall-projectors.

An excerpt from the latest series of personal work I've done. The project involves many aspects including software and electronics engineering, photographic engineering and fashion photography. The PANOPTIKUM project is a homage to human imagination as ability, and part of a series of projects that I am doing on the subject.

You can view the entire series on my behance portfolio at:
https://www.behance.net/gallery/PANOPTIKUM-Homage-to-Imagination/14501965

For more information about me please visit my website at:
http://www.maddocman.com/lars-brandt-stisen.htm

Information about our Berlin based commercial photography studio, can be found at:
http://www.maddocman.com/commercial-photography-studio-berlin.htm




Product photography: My images of the IMPOSSIBLE Instant Lab in iGNANT

The IMPOSSIBLE Instant Lab takes instant (polaroid) pictures of your phones screen.
Photo: Lars Brandt Stisen - Click to Zoom

My pictures of the IMPOSSIBLE Instant Lab in iGNANT, Germany's biggest art and design blog:
http://www.ignant.de/2013/12/17/win-instant-lab-by-impossible/

For more info on the IMPOSSIBLE Instant Lab please visit:
https://www.the-impossible-project.com/projects/camera/iil/

View more of my work at:
http://www.maddocman.com

Commercial photography: My images in German INTERVIEW Magazine

Frontpage from INTERVIEW Magazine, December 2013
Photo: Lars Brandt Stisen - Click to Zoom

My interior images from Berlin based fashion agency Temporary Showroom is featured in this article in German INTERVIEW Magazine (and properly credited): http://www.interview.de/mode/shop-des-monats/temporary-showroom

For more info about Temporary Showroom please visit:
http://www.temporaryshowroom.com/

View more of my work at:
http://www.maddocman.com

Product photography: My image of the IMPOSSIBLE Instant Lab in German ELLE

From ELLE Magazine, December 2013 - Click to Zoom

My product image of the IMPOSSIBLE Instant Lab featured in this post from German ELLE, December 2013: http://www.elle.de/elle-weihnachts-bazaar-163246.html?ref=163591

The Instant Lab is a special camera that takes instant (polaroid) pictures of your phones screen. For more info on the IMPOSSIBLE Instant Lab please visit:
https://www.the-impossible-project.com/projects/camera/iil/

View more of my work at:
http://www.maddocman.com

Product photography: Buddy by Danish designer, model and artist Mette Beate

Buddy - A very special teddy bear. Custom made to order by Danish
designer Mette Beate in Berlin. Photo: Lars Brandt Stisen - Click to Zoom.


Here is how Buddy is helping you to solve your worries...
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Handmade from the finest materials all Buddies are carefully crafted to each customers wishes. The blue teddy above is in denim, leather and soft plush with buffalo belly button from the 1950's DDR, handmade glass eyes and weighted paws filled with sand.

Hidden inside the zipper mouth is a soft leather tongue and room for a personal note.The teddy also has a leather heart inside it's body containing two stones selected to match the owners birth/zodiac sign.

Mette Beate is a Danish designer, model and artist based in Berlin Germany. You can see more of Mette's work on her Behance portfolio site:
www.behance.net/mettebeate


Fashion photography: Modeling portfolio

Mette Beate is a gifted clothing designer, creative director and artist from Denmark now living in Berlin Germany. Besides her creative activities in Berlin she is also an aspiring model suited for advertising lingerie, jeans and accessories.

We already did a few series to match most of her target appearances and wanted to add a "swimsuit and jeans" appeal before submitting the comp card to a selection of model agencies.

View the entire series on my Behance portfolio (link below).


Contact sheet from the photo shoot. Selections appear in red marker.
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One of the selected images from the photo shoot. Click to Zoom


One of the polaroids from the photo shoot. Click to Zoom


Pages from the finished comp card. Click to Zoom


View the entire series on Behance:
http://www.behance.net/gallery/Modelwerk/10737415

Photography by Lars Brandt Stisen
About me: http://www.maddocman.com/lars-brandt-stisen.htm


Photoshop CS6: Custom zoom percentage

A tutorial on how to set custom zoom levels and binding them to keyboard shortcuts in Photoshop CS6



You might find yourself zooming in and out a lot between editing cycles, to view the changes you've done to a photograph etc. Zooming out is easily done using standard shortcuts, but zooming back in to your favored percentage (which for some people is a specific/arbitrary value) is a different story. Now if you do retouching for a living and needs to zoom in and out many times a day, zooming back into your preferred level becomes a genuine issue. So here is a step by step tutorial on how to make a keyboard shortcut (or action preset) that will hit your favorite zoom level every time.

The preset can be altered and duplicated to provide a palette of custom zoom levels right at your fingertips.

NOTE: The zoom level is calculated relative to image resolution. Although this example is aimed at Windows users it should be easily applied to Mac as well.


Step 1: Creating the script

• Create a new empty text file and paste the code below into it while changing the percentage value "225" in the "setZoomLevel(225)" function call to your preference eg. a value of 89.5 will zoom to 89.5% (see the comments in the code)
• Change the name of the file to have the ".jsx" file extension (exampe: favorite-zoom-level.jsx)

Script code (copy all the text in orange color):
main();
function main(){

// Change the value between the parentheses below
// into your desired percentage:
setZoomLevel(225);

// Leave the code below unchanged
function setZoomLevel(zoom){
if(zoom < 1) zoom =1;
var ref = new ActionReference();
ref.putEnumerated(charIDToTypeID("capp"), charIDToTypeID("Ordn"), charIDToTypeID("Trgt"));
var getScreenResolution = executeActionGet(ref).getObjectValue(stringIDToTypeID('unitsPrefs')).getUnitDoubleValue(stringIDToTypeID('newDocPresetScreenResolution'))/72;
var docResolution = activeDocument.resolution;
activeDocument.resizeImage(undefined, undefined, getScreenResolution/(zoom/100), ResampleMethod.NONE);
var desc = new ActionDescriptor();
ref = null;
ref = new ActionReference();
ref.putEnumerated(charIDToTypeID("Mn  "), charIDToTypeID("MnIt"), charIDToTypeID('PrnS'));
desc.putReference(charIDToTypeID("null"), ref);
executeAction(charIDToTypeID("slct"), desc, DialogModes.NO);
activeDocument.resizeImage(undefined, undefined, docResolution, ResampleMethod.NONE);};};

Step 2: Adding the script to Photoshop

• Close Photoshop
• Copy the script file into the Photoshop scripts folder: "C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CS6 (64 Bit)\Presets\Scripts\" (it might be a different path depending on your version)
• Start Photoshop and verify that the script appears in the Scripts menu (File -> Scripts)


Step 3: Assigning the script to a keyboard shortcut

• Open the Actions panel and create a new action, name it to your liking and select a shortcut key.
• While recording select "Insert Menu Item" from the fly-out menu (a popup will appear)
• While the popup is displayed Photoshop will wait for you to choose a menu item: Go to the Scripts menu (File -> Scripts) and select the newly created script.
• Stop recording, that's it.


I hope you found the information useful :)

Best regards
Lars Brandt Stisen, MADDOCMAN BERLIN
http://www.maddocman.com

Follow me on Behance:
http://www.behance.net/maddocman


Product photography: Magazine ad for Hoptimist Denmark

The picture we created for the Hoptimist magazine ad  - Click to Zoom

Photographing a new range of Hoptimist products for the "by Hoptimist" bowls advertising campaign. Creative direction: Mette Beate, Photography and post-production by Lars Brandt Stisen and Mette Beate, Studio: MADDOCMAN Berlin.

View more of our work on Behance:

Read more about our Berlin based imaging studio at:


MOSCOT New York putting our work in prominence...

"LOOK! MOSCOT! The LEMTOSH in Blonde looks particularly stylish in the
"EGO IN PROMINENCE" photo series, by photographer Lars Brandt Stisen"

-MOSCOT - Click to Zoom

The series I made in collaboration with model, designer and art director Mette Beate was noted by MOSCOT New York who posted an image from the series on Facebook :)

View the full series "EGO IN PROMINENCE" on Behance:

MOSCOT New York - Vintage Eyewear and Sunglasses:

Link to the MOSCOT post on Facebook:


My images in WIRED Magazine


My images and video featured in this article by WIRED Magazine.
Photo: Lars Brandt Stisen - Click to Zoom



Advertising photography:

WIRED Magazine is featuring my images and video in this article on map2 also known as The Zoomable Map by Anne Stauche, London UK.

Read the full article on WIRED Magazine:
http://www.wired.com/design/2013/07/kickstarter-a-brilliant-paper-map-that-zooms-as-you-unfold-it





Fashion Agency Temporary Showroom


Temporary Showroom shop floor in Berlin. Photo: Lars Brandt Stisen
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Temporary Showroom shop floor in Berlin.
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Temporary Showroom shop floor in Berlin. Photo: Lars Brandt Stisen
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Fashion Week sponsor delivery from Starbucks arrived during the shoot...
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Shooting press pictures for fashion agency and shop Temporary Showroom, run by creative and managing director Martin Premuzic in Berlin. The images are used by fashion magazines and blogs around the world covering Berlin Fashion Week and European trends.

Among the brands available at Temporary Showroom are:
Stine Goya
Augustin Teboul
Marc Stone
Wackerhaus
Henrik Vibskov
Sandqvist
ODEUR
UBI SUNT
and more...

Excerpt from the Temporary Showroom website:
"Throughout the years, the agency has successfully presented labels at several tradeshows and has provided fashion show production services to its clients, including participating in the official Mercedes-Benz Berlin fashion week. Other trade show and fashion events have been held in Düsseldorf, Warsaw and New York."

More about Temporary Showroom can be found at:

More on my work can be found at:



Fashion photography: Danish model Mette Beate in EGO IN PROMINENCE



Excerpt from the series EGO IN PROMINENCE feat. Danish model Mette Beate
wearing the Moscot Lemtosh. Photo: Lars Brandt Stisen - Click to Zoom


Excerpt from the series EGO IN PROMINENCE feat. Danish model Mette Beate.
Photo: Lars Brandt Stisen - Click to Zoom


View the full series at:
http://www.behance.net/gallery/EGO-IN-PROMINENCE/9495361

More info about me and my work:
http://www.maddocman.com

Creative direction: Lars Brandt Stisen / Mette Beate
Photographer: Lars Brandt Stisen
Styling / Hair & Make-Up: Mette Beate
Model: Mette Beate
Post-production: Lars Brandt Stisen
Studio: MADDOCMAN / Berlin

Advertising: map2 / The Zoomable Map


map2 - The Zoomable Map / Design: Anne Stauche / Photography: Lars Brandt Stisen
map2 - The Zoomable Map / Design: Anne Stauche
Photography: Lars Brandt Stisen. Click to Zoom

map2 - The Zoomable Map / Design: Anne Stauche / Photography: Lars Brandt Stisen
map2 - The Zoomable Map / Design: Anne Stauche
Photography: Lars Brandt Stisen. Click to Zoom

map2 - The Zoomable Map / Design: Anne Stauche / Photography: Lars Brandt Stisen
map2 - The Zoomable Map / Design: Anne Stauche
Photography: Lars Brandt Stisen. Click to Zoom

map2 - The Zoomable Map / Design: Anne Stauche / Photography: Lars Brandt Stisen
map2 - The Zoomable Map / Design: Anne Stauche
Photography: Lars Brandt Stisen. Click to Zoom

map2 - The Zoomable Map / Design: Anne Stauche / Photography: Lars Brandt Stisen
map2 - The Zoomable Map / Design: Anne Stauche
Photography: Lars Brandt Stisen. Click to Zoom



Photographing the foldable paper map "map2" also called "The Zoomable Map" designed by Anne Stauche, London UK. The product is currently available as Berlin and London maps, with a kickstarter project running on a New York map.

WIRED Magazine article:
http://www.wired.com/design/2013/07/kickstarter-a-brilliant-paper-map-that-zooms-as-you-unfold-it/

Website excerpt:
 "map2 is a pocket-size map which allows you to quickly find what you need without wrestling against a king-size map. map2 removes the need to unfold unnecessary parts or the entire map. map2 lets you zoom into greater detail."

More on the Zoomable Map at:
http://www.thezoomablemap.com/

More on the photographer at:
http://www.maddocman.com


Fashion photography: Danish model Malene Skovsgaard Andersen in SUPER POP!



Fashion photography by Lars Brandt Stisen
Fotografie / Photography: Lars Brandt Stisen. Click to Zoom

"Reward by dedication is my sole objective in life. I see possibilities where others see none. Welcome to SUPER POP!" -Lars

View the full series at: http://www.maddocman.com/super-pop.htm

Creative direction / Photography: Lars Brandt Stisen
Hair & Make-Up Artist: Lea Nehring
Model: Malene Skovsgaard Andersen (Denmark)
Location: MADDOCMAN / Berlin


Backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with UBI SUNT

UBI SUNT backstage at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin / FWB
Fotografie / Photography: Lars Brandt Stisen. Click to Zoom

An exclusive peek behind the scenes at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Berlin, with Swedish label UBI SUNT presenting their AW13 collection in the studio.

View the full gallery on my website:

Fashion photography: Model snapshots

Model Anja Suder photographed by Lars Brandt Stisen in Berlin
Anja Suder by Lars Brandt Stisen

Anja is visiting Berlin, so I took a couple of snapshots in our hallway, here is one of them :)

Makeup: Lea Nehring
Photography and styling: Lars Brandt Stisen

View more of my work at:
http://www.maddocman.com

Software for planning photo shoots and sketching design ideas


Use the Desktop Whiteboard for planning photo shoots and sketching design ideas
The Desktop Whiteboard: Sketch up ideas and take notes for your next
project in one place.

Visualization is key to the creative mind!

I designed and programmed the Desktop Whiteboard for planning photo shoots, sketching ideas and making presentations. I've made it free to the public, check it out at my website: http://www.maddocman.com/whiteboard/index.htm

Collaborate - Freelancers wanted!




We are looking for creative talent in hair, makeup, styling, costume and fashion design.

If you are interested in freelance work and travelling, while expanding your portfolio, please write us an E-mail with a short description, including your contact information and a few pictures of your work. For more info visit: http://www.maddocman.com/collaborate.htm

Behind the scene: iPhone cover ad

Photo: Lars Brandt Stisen, MADDOCMAN Berlin - Click to Zoom

Danish design company Hoptimist is introducing a series of new products under the sub brand "by Hoptimist", in this case an iPhone cover. I needed to integrate the widely known iPhone while maintaining their brand quality presenting the product in a simplistic fashion.


Prototypes arrived at the studio in six variations. I selected three for the shoot to prevent the scene from becoming too busy. I lighted the scene from above, with a fill-in from the left. The table is a ceramic whiteboard, convenient for marking positions.
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Using duct tape and clamps to hold the phone with cover in place. The covers are made of transparant plastic with a molded rubber mat on the backside. Click to Zoom

Photographing the phone with lit screen has to be done in two steps because the amount of light projected on the scene is far beyond what the phone's screen can match. This means it will appear almost black if shot at the same time. So the first image was done with light and the second without, using a long exposure time.
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I tilted the phone to match the relief on the cover indicating the protective properties as well as imitating the bouncy products my client has been known for since 1968. An overview of the editing process from left to right: The photo is taken and later cut out, the image is retouched, the separate screen photo is cut out and added, finishing layers are added to make the screen appear glossy.  Click to Zoom

The final image I delivered to the client together with the image below and the one at the top.  Photo: Lars Brandt Stisen, MADDOCMAN Berlin - Click to Zoom 

Thank you for watching.
Photo: Lars Brandt Stisen, MADDOCMAN Berlin - Click to Zoom

Client: Hoptimist ApS, Denmark
Art direction, photography and post-production: Lars Brandt Stisen

View more of my work at:

Theme: Product photography for advertising. 

Featured by Schön! Magazine UK


Today my series "Frozen in time" (Berlin in 3D) was featured by London based Schön Magazine! I shot the series using a homemade 3D camera.


The homemade 3D camera I created to photograph the series - Click to Zoom


View the post here:
http://schonmagazine.com/2012/08/lars-brandt-stisen/

View more pictures from the series on my website:
http://www.maddocman.com/frozen-in-time-berlin-3d.htm